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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Town of Surfside remains committed to staying on top of the most up-to-date information and navigating the “New Normal” in order to help residents make informed decisions. The Town will continue to provide regular updates as new information emerges. 


Town Commission Declares State of Emergency 

The Town Commission declared a State of Emergency in Surfside on March 12, 2020 to help Town leaders and emergency managers expedite their response to the Coronavirus COVID-19. This declaration is simply a way for the Town to access support from the federal government that is only available under the State of Emergency and to pursue additional emergency orders if needed


 
Town of Surfside Emergency Orders Pertaining to COVID-19 

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 1 - Hotels, Motels, Short-Term Rentals

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 2 - Adopting Use of Communications Media Technology for Public Meetings Amid Coronavirus

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 3 - Safer at Home

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 4 - Mandatory Isolation of Individuals Traveling to Surfside

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 5 - Construction Sites 
Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 6 - Facial Coverings

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 7 - Walking Path and Hard-pack Area

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 8 - Reopening of Retail and Commercial Establishments

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 9 - Beach Furniture

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 10 - Virtual Quasi-Judicial Hearing Procedures

Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 11 - Short Term and Vacation Rentals

Town of Surfside Emergency Measure No. 12 - Rescinding Emergency Measure Update #9 "Beach Furniture"


View Coronavirus Case Dashboard in Real-Time

You can view the number of cases in real-time via the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard. To view the dashboard, visit here.  


Surfside’s COVID-19 Task Force Releases Resource Map

At the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Town formed a COVID-19 task force to keep residents and Town staff safe and informed, and to ensure the most vulnerable communities were not left behind. View the task force’s Resource Map, which includes information on mental health support, business relief, food distribution and more.   


Miami-Dade County Updates Emergency Orders and New Normal Guide as the State Enters Phase 3 of the State of Florida Recovery COVID-19 Plan
 
Miami-Dade County is complying with Florida State Executive Order 20-244 under the statewide opening rules set forth by Governor Ron DeSantis, while keeping in place elements of the County's orders that protect the residents of Miami-Dade County during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
Please review the County's revised New Normal Guidebook for the updated rules as they pertain to particular businesses.  All businesses, including essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies and construction companies, must continue to comply with the County safety rules as outlined in the updated Guide to help to continue to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 30-20
Effective September 26, 2020, and in conformance with the Governor of Florida's Executive Order Number 20-244, this order rescinds County Emergency Orders 01-20; 16-20, as amended; and 28-20, as amended; and authorizes every retail and commercial establishment and any other establishment or facility in the County to open provided that each such establishment complies with specific capacity, social distancing and other requirements, including the applicable activity-specific requirements in the New Normal Handbook, as amended; the facial covering requirements in Emergency Order 20-20, as amended; and the entry of County or municipal personnel onto the establishment's property for the sole purpose of inspection for compliance with this order.

Specific to restaurants and other food service establishments, this order permits a minimum occupancy of 50 percent, without limitation, and states that these establishments shall be allowed to operate at up to 100 percent capacity if the restaurant: (1) ensures six feet of distance between tables; (2) ensures that no more than six persons (or ten persons if in the same household) sit at a table; and (3) ensures that persons not actively eating or drinking are wearing masks.  In summary:
 
MASKS & DISTANCING
At minimum, all businesses should ensure masks are worn by employees and the public at all times, and that work areas and showrooms are set up to promote physical distancing of at least six feet.
RESTAURANTS, BARS & CLUBS
In keeping with the Governor's Order, the County's 50 percent capacity limits for restaurants will remain in place as a minimum, with the expansion of more than 50 percent capacity allowed for restaurants and other venues that can accommodate more tables while also keeping a six-foot separation between tables. Restaurants can reach 100 percent capacity by including outdoor table service where practicable. The maximum seating per table indoors or outside continues - no more than six people per table or up to ten from the same household.  For restaurants and bars that do not have sufficient floor space for tables to reach the 50 percent capacity minimum, they will be allowed to set tables closer together to reach the 50 percent minimum. Bars with only counter service will be allowed to reach 50 percent capacity with seating that is separated at the bar as far as possible between parties being served to reach a minimum of 50 percent capacity. Clubs that include dancing must require that masks be worn on the dance floor. Eating and drinking will be allowed only at tables.
CURFEW & FINES
Miami-Dade County will continue its midnight to 6:00 a.m. countywide curfew for the time being in an effort to curtail late-night activities that facilitate the spread of the virus. Violators will be cited with a second-degree criminal misdemeanor that sets a maximum $500 fine and/or 180 days in jail.  Per the Governor's Order suspending all fines and penalties applied to individuals for violating the County's COVID-19 public health orders, Miami-Dade County will continue to issue civil citations for individuals not wearing masks and will process fines and penalties as permitted.

Miami-Dade County Amendment No. 2 to Emergency Order 29-20
Effective October 1, 2020, this order amends Emergency Order 29-20 to allow for team competitions in all sports and to clarify that that facial coverings will be required in parks and other outdoor spaces with certain exemptions. The order states that facial coverings shall not be required while actively engaging in an organized sport, playing tennis, or while swimming or otherwise in a pool, ocean, or other body of water. For purposes of this exemption, organized sport means a sport such as soccer, baseball, basketball, softball, boxing, and other recognized sport that is part of an established athletic league or part of an organized program (municipal or otherwise). The facial covering exemption for organized sports includes training and practice sessions and matches, but prior to commencing and immediately upon concluding a training or practice session or a match, individuals must wear facial coverings. Individuals who are exercising in their personal capacity and not training as part of an organized sport (i.e., participating in a regular fitness class, using gym equipment as part of a workout, including with a personal trainer or coach, or playing a sport for leisure, excepting tennis) do not fall within the definition of "organized sport" and are not exempted from using facial coverings. All persons, except for members of the same household, shall observe social and physical distancing, both within groups and with others. Bleachers shall not be open to spectators where sports team formal competitions and league play is permitted. The order also allows the opening of playgrounds and other mechanical equipment, so long as all high-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected daily at least daily with CDC-approved cleaners, and facial coverings must be worn and social/physical distancing between people from different households must be maintained.

Town of Surfside Reopens Water Tot Lot, Hawthorne Tot Lot and 96th Street Park

Under the County’s newly updated Emergency Order 29-20, Miami-Dade County has lifted certain restrictions on parks and recreation facilities as long as patrons continue to follow social distancing measures and wear facial coverings per the New Normal guidelines. Therefore, the Town of Surfside has reopened the following facilities for residents’ enjoyment:

  • Water Tot Lot at Community Center: Opens Friday, October 2 from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily (by reservation only and for Surfside residents only)
  • Hawthorne Tot Lot: Opens Friday, October 2 from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily 
  • 96th Street Park: Opens Monday, October 5 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily

*The Surfside Parks and Recreation Department will disinfect playground equipment on a daily basis per Miami-Dade County’s Emergency Order. Prior to visiting a parks facility in Surfside, please visit the Town website to review guidelines. Guidelines will also be posted at each facility.

The following parks and recreation facilities are also open:


Miami-Dade County Public Schools Offers Grab-and-Go Meals to Students in Need 

Miami-Dade County Public Schools offers free Grab-and-Go Meals to students and families of students, as needed, at multiple locations throughout the county. You must show your child’s school ID. Check out this map to find a location near you.  

For the district's reopening plan and more information, visit http://reopening.dadeschools.net 


Construction Allowed in Limited Capacity in Surfside

The Town of Surfside is allowing construction in a limited capacity, subject to compliance with restrictions as outlined in the Code of Care and Conduct Pledge Agreement. Every owner and contractor for a construction site is required to sign the pledge agreement prior to commencement of any work and will be expected to proceed with care to protect both Surfside residents and construction workers while mitigating the spread of coronavirus. 


Town Hall Accessible to Residents

Surfside's Town Hall building is publicly accessible to visitors and staff, as long as CDC health and safety guidelines are followed. For the public’s continued health and safety, the Town strongly encourages residents to call for matters that can be handled over the phone. 

To contact Town Hall, call 305-861-4863 and dial “0” during business hours, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. For concerns outside those hours, please contact the police non-emergency number at 305-861-4862. If you are a senior or at additional risk because of an underlying health condition, please contact the police non-emergency number for support. 


CDC Travel Advisory 

Non-essential travel is strongly discouraged to further combat the spread of the virus. For the latest travel advisories, visit CDC travel advisory 

Cover Your Face, Maintain Your Space to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Miami-Dade County and the Town of Surfside urges residents to wear a cloth face mask or covering when in public (indoors and outside) and to stay at least six feet away from others in public settings where social distancing is an issue. 

Do your part to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Cover Your Face. Maintain Your Space.

Be sure to also follow guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Recommendations include avoiding close contact with people who are sick; not touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; washing your hands regularly with soap and water; and frequently cleaning and disinfecting touch objects. 

 

You Have Questions, Town Has Answers

To further assist residents in navigating the coronavirus crisis, the Town of Surfside compiled a list of frequently asked questions. 

VISIT THE FAQS.

If you still have questions that were missed in the FAQs, feel free to email us at communications@townofsurfsidefl.gov. The Town is here to help!

What You Should Know About COVID-19

COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC and FDOH recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Stay home as much as possible during the outbreak and avoid contact with persons in poor health;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.  
  • Wear a facial covering out in public where social distancing is an issue

Thanks to All Who Participated in #FlashYourMask

The Town of Surfside would like to extend its sincere appreciation to residents and Town staff who participated in the #FlashYourMask initiative to help spread awareness about the importance of wearing a face mask to stop the spread of coronavirus. Your submissions were compiled to create a video, which is currently featured on Channel 663. Watch the video.  

 

What is Social Distancing?

Image shows two people keeping at least 6 feet of distance between them. With text stating: Keep at least six feet between you and other people. Avoid shaking hands as a social greeting.

Social distancing are practices implemented by public health officials to keep contagious diseases from spreading. The measures are aimed at trying to cut down the amount of virus spreading around, and ultimately protect those most vulnerable, including the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

Please follow the recommended social distancing guidelines from the Florida Department of Health.

Shop Safely or Better Yet - Use a Delivery Service

If picking up essentials at the store, then be sure to use these strategies to reduce your exposure to coronavirus: 

  • Designate one person from your household to do the shopping. 
  • Wear a facial covering.
  • Stay at least six feet away from others.
  • Go shopping at a time that’s less busy. 
  • Take alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you to clean your hands. 
  • Wipe the cart handles with a disinfectant wipe before shopping. 
  • Minimize the amount of products and items that you touch while in the store. 
  • Use a credit or debit card. Try not to hand over bills or receive change. Use your own pen to sign receipts or use a virtual payment system like Apple Pay. 

PRO TIP: To minimize your exposure to other people, try using a delivery service, such as InstacartAmazon Prime and Shipt. Avoid a direct hand off by having the bags left by your door and also tip the driver electronically. Here is a tutorial on how to use Instacart.

BUYING IN BULK: The "Florida Farm to You" website connects Florida farmers and seafood suppliers with potential buyers. It is run by Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. To register as a grower or to see what's available for purchase, visit this page

Get Tested for COVID-19 at These Locations

Want to learn where you can be tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19)? Read below. For additional testing locations in Miami-Dade County, visit the County's website

Free In-Home Testing for Seniors

Miami-Dade County offers in-home coronavirus testing for seniors and adults with disabilities (18 and older). The tests are free to those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and are administered by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units in partnership with Jackson Health System. To make an appointment, call 305-499-8767. 

Mail-in Test Kits Available Through LabCorp At No Up-Front Cost

Nasal swab testing for an active coronavirus infection is available through LabCorp at no upfront cost, according to the company's website. If you'd like to receive a test, fill out a short eligibility survey on LabCorp's website. An independent physician will review your responses and if you're approved, the company will either bill your insurance provider or utilize federal funds to cover the cost. You'll receive a test kit through FedEx, and once you test yourself, you sent the kit back to LabCorp for analysis. Visit https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/at-home-test-kits/covid-19-test for more information.

Miami Beach Convention Center
1701 Convention Center Drive, across from Miami Beach City Hall

This facility offers both drive-thru and walk-up testing daily (COVID and antibody) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (except Thursday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), with no appointments necessary. Testing is available to anyone 5 years or older. Children must be accompanied by a guardian. 


Marlins Park
501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125
(West Parking lot)

Miami-Dade County’s COVID-19 drive-thru testing center is open at Marlins Park, starting at 8:00 a.m. seven days a week by appointment only. Individuals 5 years of age or older may be tested and do not need to be exhibiting symptoms. Minors under 18 years of age, must be tested with a parent or guardian.

Rapid testing is also available at this location.


Hard Rock Stadium
347 Don Shula Drive Miami Gardens, Florida 33056
(East Parking lot)

COVID-19 testing is available from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on a daily basis and no appointment is needed; however, those seeking a test must be 18 and older. Individuals do not need to be exhibiting symptoms. The test site is drive-thru only.

This site also offers rapid testing. Results from these tests are available the same day. Individuals must register for the test online.  


Amelia Earhart Park
401 E. 65th St, Hialeah, FL 33013
(Enter at Palm Avenue and E. 65th Street Entrance)

Miami-Dade provides COVID-19 drive-thru testing for those who are 5 or older. Appointments are required and patients need to be in their cars, with a maximum of two people per car. It is open Monday-Saturday from  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The number to call for appointments at this site is 305-268-4319 - that's 305-COVID19. 

For updates on COVID-19 testing sites, visit here and click on the “Testing” tab. 

Take These Steps If You Have COVID-19

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. If you or your loved one tests positive for coronavirus, the Florida Department of Health advises the following:

What To Do If You Have COVID-19

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Do You Have COVID-19 Questions? Call These Hotlines

  • For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 hotline by calling 1.866.779.6121 or by emailing covid-19@flhealth.gov.
  • For updates from Miami-Dade County Public Schools, please visit covid19.dadeschools.net | M-DCPS also has a hotline, which is 305.995.3000.
  • The Town of Surfside is available to assist the community in all times of need. For questions pertaining to COVID-19 in the community, call Town Hall at 305.861.4863 and dial “0” during business hours, 9 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday. For concerns outside those hours, please contact the police non-emergency number at 305.861.4862.

Tips and Food Assistance for At-Risk Seniors

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults and people with weakened immune systems or serious medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, are at higher risk of becoming very sick from this illness.

The CDC recommends the following:

  • Stock up on supplies including groceries and medicine as needed
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others (at least six-feet away from others)
  • Stay away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often
  • Wear facial coverings in spaces where social distancing is an issue
  • Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people
  • Avoid non-essential air travel
  • Stay home as much as possible during the COVID-19 outbreak

COVID-19 Age Friendly Resources

Miami-Dade County, the United Way, AARP Florida and a number of non-profits have put together a coronavirus resource guide for older adults. Topics covered include getting meals and food support, assistance with paying for electricity, support for Medicare, Medicaid and insurance questions, and resources for caregivers.

Meals for Seniors

Miami-Dade 311 will no longer provide free meals for seniors starting Wednesday, July 15th, but there are other options:

  • If you are a senior, the Restaurant Connection will send prepared meals to your doorstep. First-come, first-served. To request service, call 305-340-0244. Spanish speakers should call (toll-free) 321-482-2661. For more information, visit  https://therestaurantconnection.org/.
  • Seniors can apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Miami-Dade County Public Libraries have SNAP applications available for residents. They can also apply online at http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/ or by calling 866-762-2237 (TTY 1-800-955-8771).
  • Drive-thru food distribution events are scheduled throughout Miami-Dade County. Read more information.

At-Home Coronavirus Testing for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities

Miami-Dade County is offering at-home coronavirus testing for seniors and adults with disabilities (18 and older). The tests are free to those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and are being administered by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units in partnership with Jackson Health System. To make an appointment, call 305-499-8767. 

Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program (EEAP)

Should you need specialized transportation assistance, safe shelter, medical monitoring or wellness checks, the Miami-Dade County offers an Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program (EEAP). The program is for senior residents who may need additional assistance during emergency situations. Click here to register.

Sign Up for Email Notifications and CodeRed Alerts

Stay informed and receive updates! Please sign up for email notifications on the Town website at https://www.townofsurfsidefl.gov/news-and-events/subscribe and CodeRed alerts via the instructions found here.

Cybersecurity Guide for Seniors

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impose isolation and social distancing, the community is faced with a whole new set of cybersecurity challenges. While striving to stay connected to friends and families online, many hackers are using this tough time to their advantage. Read the Cybersecurity Guide for Seniors. 

Surfside Police Department

You can always count on our Surfside Police Department to help you. To contact the Police Department, call 305.861.4862. 

Casa Church Ministry Offering Assistance to Elderly

A group of volunteers with the Casa Church ministry in Surfside are offering the following free services to our elderly community and disabled residents:

  • Run shopping errands for groceries (money for groceries provided by resident)
  • Pick up medicine and drop off at the resident’s home (money for prescriptions provided by resident)
  • Become a drop off/collection center for anyone who wants to donate non-perishable food for families in need
  • Drop off a bag of non-perishable food for a family in need in Surfside

To obtain any of the services above, residents of Surfside can call/text (305) 864-9283 (Ext 3) or email Help@Casachurch.Miami

Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS)

JCS continues to serve the community during Coronavirus outbreaks. JCS remains open, providing food, counseling, crisis response and information, and referral services. For assistance, please call 2-1-1 or 305.576.6550.

 

Don't Fall Victim to a COVID-19 Scam

In times of crises like the current coronavirus health pandemic, scammers use these fears to try and take advantage of people. Avoid being scammed with these tips from the Surfside Police Department: COVID-19 Scams flyer

Flyers for Landscapers Available in English, Spanish and Creole

In light of new CDC recommendations, the Town of Surfside issued a new Emergency Measure that among several directives, requires employees and personnel of essential businesses (e.g. landscapers, pool care, appliance repair personnel, exterminators) to wear cloth facial coverings when working in the area.

Flyers in EnglishSpanish and Creole are available for residents to share with landscapers and outside vendors. 


Relief for Businesses

Many businesses, small ones in particular, have been hit especially hard by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The information on this page, updated frequently, includes a growing number of resources and relief programs to turn to for assistance.



RISE Miami-Dade Small Business Loan

The RISE Miami-Dade Fund was created to help small businesses1 in Miami-Dade County that were impacted by COVID-19. Loans under the program will be for a maximum of $30,000 and calculated based on:

(a) Average Monthly Rent (Commercial Lease/Residential Lease/Mortgage) 
(b) If you have a commercial or residential lease, you will multiply by six (6) Commercial Residential
(c) Maximum amount to be borrowed: (a) x (b) up to $30,000 

*This calculation is only for informational purposes and does not constitute an offer or guaranteed approval.

There are a number of qualifications a business and owners must meet. Click here to learn more. 



Hospitality Industry Grant (HIG) Program Accepting Applications


The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved a $30 million Hospitality Industry Grant Program. The goal of the program is to provide financial assistance to local independently owned and operated restaurants and non-home-based caterers impacted by COVID-19.

Priority will be given to businesses that have not been approved or received funds from any institution under the Paycheck Protection Program Loan (PPP) or other federal or state assisted business loan program and have a single establishment.

The $30M HIG program will be calculated based on individual percentages of eligible costs incurred, with a maximum award of $25,000 per establishment.

Eligibility Requirements
Restaurant or non-home-based caterer with a Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation License to operate as a restaurant or caterer

Ineligible

  • Nightclubs, bars, or mobile food truck

  • Chain, franchise restaurants, or hotel restaurants owned by hotel

  • Home based business of any kind

Criteria

  • Restaurants or non-home-based caterers located in Miami-Dade County with a maximum of 50 employees and annual revenue does not exceed $10M

  • Restaurants or non-home-based caterers located in Miami-Dade County with a maximum of 75 employees and annual revenue does not exceed $15M

Follow the link provided below and scroll to the middle of the page to find the Hospitality Industry Grant (HIG) Program header for the application and more details.

https://www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/employment-business.page

For additional information, please call 305-375-3111 or email:  SBDMail@miamidade.gov.



Low-Interest Disaster Loans Available for Miami-Dade County Residents

Miami-Dade County has received a Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Declaration for the flooding that occurred May 26 & 27, 2020. This Declaration makes low-interest disaster loans available for homeowners and businesses affected by this incident. The SBA has established a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center, which is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to help homeowners and businesses apply for these disaster loans. Residents can apply directly at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/s/. Call 1-800-659-2955 for more information. 



Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program


The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is accepting EIDLA loan applications from small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Small businesses can apply for up to $10,000 in advance loan which is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. Receipts do not have to be approved for a loan in order to receive the advance, but the amount of the loan advance will be deducted from total eligibility. For more information, click here.



Paycheck Protection Program Loan

PPP loans are still available to small and medium businesses with less than 500 employees. This program is administered by the US Small Business Administration (SBA). The goal of the program is to help small businesses maintain their staff level and cover related costs during the COVID-19 crisis. Please note, there is a revised application dated June 12, 2020 (SBA Form 2483). Click here for the new version of the application. Find approved lenders in your area.  


Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Application Form Update

The federal government recently revised the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness Application Form requirements in response to complaints from lawmakers and business groups that the process was too complicated. The revised form requires less calculations and documentation than the original application. The business owners allowed to use the EZ application include those who are self-employed or have no employees and those who did not reduce salaries by more than 25 percent. To use the form, businesses must also certify that they didn't cut employees' hours or were unable to operate at pre-coronavirus levels because of health mandates. Please consult the SBA local office or your lender for more information. Click here for the revised application. Information and instructions on how to fill out the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application.


Miami-Dade County Back-to-Business Box & Reopening Resources         
            
Miami-Dade County is committed to helping businesses get back to work. If you’re re-opening your small business and need assistance, Miami-Dade County is offering the Back-to-Business box. These boxes come with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to assist with safety requirements. Please take note of the requirements for small business owners and follow the application process for the issuance of PPE. Supplies are limited and will be provided as available on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to the Back-to-Business Box and “The New Normal” guidebook, Miami-Dade County has posted a series of valuable resources on their website that might support your business reopening plans. They include a Business Establishment Designation guide, CDC Guide to Cleaning and Disinfecting, Products for Use against COVID-19 and much more. Read the full details   


Miami-Dade Approves $25 Million Program to Assist Small Businesses 

The Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners has approved $25 million for the RISE Miami-Dade Fund, which stands for Re-Investing in our Small Business Economy and was created using flexible funds provided through the federal CARES Act to help small businesses recover in the wake of COVID-19. 

The Dade Federal Credit Union will administer the RISE Fund, with loans originating at local community development financial institutions (CDFIs), which are certified and regulated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. CDFIs specialize in assisting small, women-owned and minority-owned businesses with accessing low-cost commercial loans with favorable interest rates and repayment periods. They also offer technical financial advising, such as marketing and budgeting assistance to help strengthen and grow the businesses. More information here.   


Miami-Dade County Small Business Forgivable Loan Program

Miami-Dade County has launched a $5 million loan program to support small businesses who have not been able to receive other previous assistance. The loans will be up to $25,000, with 0% interest and no origination fees. The "forgivable" feature of the loans rests on the ability of the small business borrower to retain jobs that are held by those of low or moderate income, meaning those who earn less than 80% of the annual Area Median Income ($51,200). To be eligible, the small business must meet certain criteria such as: having no more than 25 employees, providing some evidence of being impacted by COVID-19, and not previously having received assistance from other special COVID-19 programs, such as the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Read more.


 

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Impact Survey

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is looking to support the business community during these unprecedented times. If you are a business owner or in management, please click here and take the five-minute survey. Responses will provide key insight to better understand the community’s challenges.


Browse Through Available Grant Listings

Miami-Dade County lists several grant opportunities on its website for various industries. Search for grants and sign up to receive corresponding email alerts.


Strongly Recommended: Restaurant Customer Logs for Contact Tracing

While not mandatory in the Town of Surfside or Miami-Dade County, a number of cities and states are either recommending or requiring that restaurants keep customer information logs with contact details. In the event of an outbreak, public health officials can use these logs to contact people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus to explain the risk and provide resources. As establishments begin to reopen in the wake of COVID-19, contact tracing will be an important mitigation tool implemented to control any outbreaks and prevent them from having wide-spread impact that would lead to new restrictions. View a sample visitor log from the Sate of Washington.


Unemployment Benefit Payment Tracker Dashboard

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has adashboard that provides information on the total number of reemployment assistance claims that have been submitted, verified, processed and paid. To access the Reemployment Assistance Dashboard, click here.


Business Damage Survey 

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin.

The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online here.



U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans

• The SBA has activated their Economic Injury Disaster Loan program for Florida businesses affected by COVID-19
• Long-term loans up to $2 million offered to eligible small businesses and nonprofits
• SBA loans are only meant for businesses that are unable to access credit from lenders
• Interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75 for nonprofits
• Loans are meant to help financial obligations and operating expenses that could have been met had the disaster not occurred, not to recoup lost profits
Click here to register and apply for assistance.

Short Term Compensation Program (FDEO)
The Short Time Compensation Program is a voluntary employer program designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of temporarily laying off employees. If an employer establishes a Short Time Compensation Plan, and an employee meets the qualifications to file a re-employment assistance claim in the state of Florida, the employee will receive a partial re-employment check to supplement their reduced paycheck. Find employer information and the application here.

Beacon Council
Miami-Dade Beacon Council is providing resources to support local businesses and employees. Sign up to receive email updates and get information about the federal CARES Act. For more business information about COVID-19, visit the Beacon Council website or email beaconhelp@beaconcouncil.com.

The Beacon Council has also launched a website, BizHelp.Miami, which has resources to help small businesses and sole proprietors navigate the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce also has a great business resource guide to check out.


Recursos de Telemundo en Español

Noticias Telemundo ofrece un útil listado de recursos de asistencia en español relacionados al Coronavirus. Recursos para negocios pequeños y medianos.

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Call Atlantic Broadband and Lower Your Bill
Atlantic Broadband will be calling to discuss ways to get more while paying less. Be sure to answer your phone when you see Atlantic Broadband calling. In the meantime, if you want to act now, you can call 1-855-467-2238 and they will help you lower your monthly bill. 

Additional Financial Resources

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Looking for Employment?

For reemployment assistance and disaster recover, visit the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity here. Note that due a surge in claims, the DEO is experiencing higher than average wait times. 

Help Finding Work During Coronavirus Pandemic
How do you find a job when you can't even leave your apartment? If you are among the millions of Americans who have been laid off due to COVID-19, take note of this important resource. Zippia, a job research platform, has developed a comprehensive guide to help everyday Americans find remote, online and gig work in the wake of coronavirus. Click here to learn more.

CareerSource South Florida 
Another good resource for job seekers.  Visit here for more information.





How to Cope with Stress and Anxiety in a Crisis?

If coronavirus is causing your stress level to surge, you’re not alone. The stress of living through a pandemic is taking its toll on many people and experts are warning it could have lasting effects. Across the globe, people are experiencing a storm of feelings – anxiety about finances, grieving the loss of loved ones, worry about their own health, and coping with loneliness and isolation.  

To help residents, the Town of Surfside has compiled several mental health resources and a list of ways to reduce stress and stay grounded during the crisis. 

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WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING  

Several health organizations, including the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have created pages dedicated to mental health during COVID-19. They offer tips to support well-being and relieve anxiety and stress, including taking care of our minds and bodies with meditation, exercise, good diet, adequate sleep, staying connected with loved ones, and making time for enjoyable activities, as well as avoiding alcohol and drugs and taking breaks from the news cycle. 

  • Yale University Professor Dr. Laurie Santos, who created The Happiness Lab podcast and teaches the most popular class in Yale’s history, the Science of Well-being (now free and open to all on Coursera.com), hosted a Q & A session on Facebook to address mental health during coronavirus. 
  • Sign up for The Good StuffCNN’s weekly newsletter filled with feelgood material. Every Saturday, the newsletter highlights stories that make you smile, plus fascinating discoveries, everyday heroes, inspiring moments and great things happening in your own backyard. 
  • Actor John Krasinski created a Youtube channel called “Some Good News” that is dedicated to heartwarming, inspiring and uplifting stories from around the world. The episodes have included celebrity guest appearances from Oprah Winfrey, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Hamilton cast, Steve Carell, Ryan Reynolds and many others. 
  • Ten Percent Happier, co-founded by journalist and author Dan Harris, offers mindfulness meditation courses online and a weekly podcast, featuring scientists and other experts discussing how to stay sane amid coronavirus. Download the Coronavirus Sanity Guide at www.tenpercent.com for free. They also offer free live guided meditation every weekday at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Check out the Ten Percent Happier app as well.  
  • Acts of kindness and volunteering can help ease stress and feelings of helplessness. From writing positive messages with chalk on sidewalks to safely delivering food and supplies to the elderly, there are so many ways to help each other. Learn about volunteer opportunities.    

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PARENTING AND SUPPORTING KIDS & TEENS AMID THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

These are difficult times for everyone including kids and teenagers. They need support to express their feelings and feel reassured by the adults in their lives. Luckily, there are a number of resources you can turn to for support:

  • The Town of Surfside is offering hour-long  support groups via Zoom for teens. The groups are led by licensed psychotherapist Dr. Deborah Dawson, who will share strategies to reduce anxiety and improve moods. Each support group offers an upbeat and welcome way for participants to share any feelings about quarantine and offer support to peers. The group also provides help to parents coping with the challenges of keeping kids busy over the summer break.    

  • UNICEF.org posted six ways parents can support their children during the coronavirus pandemic, including creating and sticking to a routine, allowing children to express their emotions and setting aside time to disconnect. 
  • CommonSenseMedia.org, a well-known leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families, has a resource page for families during coronavirus, including how to navigate learning at home. Available in English and Spanish. 
  • Playtime can be a wonderful way for families to relieve stress together. The Town of Surfside’s Parks and Recreation Department has put together a number of activities to keep kids and adults busy at home via Zoom classes and more
  • The coronavirus pandemic can be particularly difficult for the families of essential staff members, like healthcare workers, which is why the Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital team created a printable activity book to help the children of those serving on the frontlines manage their thoughts and fears during this stressful time. The book is a blast for everyone!

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THE PERKS AND PERILS OF WORKING FROM HOME  

If working from home is proving more stressful than being at the office, you’ll want to read this Business Insider story. It features advice from Google’s in-house productivity expert who shares new ways to stay motivated and cope with the stress.

On the brighter side, working from home means you get to avoid tolls and the daily commute, which in South Florida is a significant cause of stress. In this post, Mental Health America explores some of the health benefits of remote and flexible work. 

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ACCESS LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ONLINE

  • The University of Miami (UM) Health System offers telemedicine services for families, including parent-child interaction therapy for children ages 2 to 7. Appointments are available Monday – Thursday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. To make an appointment, call 305-243-0234. UM also has virtual medical appointments for adults through its UM Virtual Clinics program, including psychiatry.
  • Access Mental Health Counseling services through the Baptist Health Care On Demand app. Therapists are taking appointments for families and children age 10 and older. Health insurance does not apply. The cost per session is $99. Download the app to make an appointment. 
  • Chrysalis Health, a contractor for Miami-Dade Public Schools, is taking appointments via telemedicine for children and adults, and accepts Medicaid and private health insurance plans. The website also offers 24/7 client crisis support. 

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NATIONAL AND STATE CRISIS HOTLINES   

  • The Florida Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873, Florida Relay 711 or TTY 1-800-955-8771. Or report abuse online.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness – Miami-Dade County offers virtual support and phone counseling. Call 305-665-2540 formental healthresources in English and 786-308-9680 for resources in Spanish.
  • The Salvation Army mental health support hotline at 1-844-458-HOPE (4673). Counselors (English and Spanish) are available from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. You can also visit www.SalvationArmyFlorida.org/pray and request a call from a pastor. 
  • Florida Blue’s bilingual, toll-free hotline at 833-848-1762. This FREE service is available 24/7. 
  • The Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS) provides counseling, crisis response and information, and referral services. For assistance, call 2-1-1 or 305-576-6550.

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GETTING HELP FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Service provides free and confidential information in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SAMHSA’s Toll-Free Treatment Referral Helpline is 1-800-662-HELP (4357). View the Online Treatment Facility Locator. 

In the Rooms is an online recovery website and community offering various resources and hosting about 130 free virtual meetings, such as Alcohol Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous. For general inquiries, call 1-800-817-9497. 

#SurfsideTogether Coloring Activity

Surfside residents Sheri Marron and her husband/artist David De Cespedes created a colorful activity that residents can do at home to promote a positive #SurfsideTogether message to kids and the community during this difficult time. Below are instructions and links to the activity sheets:

Instructions
(To print, color and hang in your window)

Inspired by the wonderful Surfside community, we created this drawing to color and post in windows across the town for a positive message to our kids. It’ll demonstrate to them and the community that we will get through this together. We will all see and support other families from a distance.  

SurfsideTogether Color Activity
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SurfsideTogether Color Activity example
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If you have an idea for a simple arts & crafts project that you would like to us to share with the community, feel free to email us at communications@townofsurfsidefl.gov

Place #SurfsideTogether in the subject line and email us your name and the activity description. Our communications committee will select several to share on the Town’s website, via an e-blast and on Nextdoor.  

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